ICC World Cup 2019: Combined XI of India and Pakistan for the tournament

ICC World Cup 2019: Combined XI of India and Pakistan for the tournament

The two teams met each other six times till now at the World Cup and India won all the six.

India vs Pakistan
India vs Pakistan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Cricketing fans from all around the world wait eagerly for the ICC tournaments not only for the exciting cricket that is on offer but also for the India-Pakistan matches. Given the political situations, these two countries haven’t played bilateral series at all in recent times. Thus, there is always a lot of anticipation about this rivalry and it only grows manifold in the case of a World Cup that comes once every four years.

Even though Pakistan leads the head-to-head record in ODI cricket 73-54, India proved to be the pioneers in the quadrennial tournament. The two teams met each other six times till now at the World Cup and India won all the six. Hence, there is a great deal of enthusiasm that is building up for the upcoming encounter on 16 June 2019. To make things more interesting, a hypothetical situation of forming an eleven with players from both these teams was considered and here is how it looks.

Combined Indo-Pak XI for World Cup 2019:

1. Fakhar Zaman

Fakhar Zaman
Fakhar Zaman. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Picking the openers for this eleven is one of the toughest tasks. There are four quality openers on either side and it is puzzling to ignore any of them. But considering the team dynamics, Fakhar Zaman was picked as the first opener. The left-hander is a very aggressive batsman. There isn’t much that differentiates between Fakhar and Shikhar Dhawan in the last two years.

The Indian played 52 matches and scored 2265 runs at an average of 47 since Fakhar’s ODI debut. However, the batsman from Mardan adds an additional dimension with his bowling. He scored 1442 runs in 31 matches during the same period at an average of 53.41. Moreover, his economy of 4.76 with the ball in the middle overs in quite impressive. Thus, he finds a slight edge and hence is picked.